Randy Moss @ KC
Really, itíll be up to the Patriots how they choose to beat
the Chiefs. I think both the infantry and the Air Force get theirs,
and Moss, the best WR in the game, scores early and often.
Terrell Owens @ CLE
The Mouth That Roared is a stone-cold lock against the Browns.
Reggie Wayne v. CHI
The Manning-Wayne connection hasnít yet fully evolved and
Wayne is already a man among boys. When Marvin Harrison went down
last season he stepped up and delivered over 100 yards per game
on average. Harrison is back but not 100%--look for Wayne to continue
his ascendancy to the number one slot.
Plaxico Burress v. WAS
The enigmatic Mr. Burress should find considerable breathing room
against a middle of the pack Redskins passing D starring Carlos
Calvin Johnson @ ATL
Heís big, fast, and has the body control of a Chinese platform
diver (which one?). Last season was shot with injuries; this season
should be the coming-out party. Hell, Megatron should even make
Kitna look like a steal at his ADP. It starts here.
Jason Witten @ CLE
The man goes out and catches 96 balls and seven TDs last year;
against Cleveland it will be more of the same in what should be
Santonio Holmes v. HOU
Third year break-out candidate Holmes plays pitch and catch against
a maturing but still incomplete Texans defense (starring Mario
Williams but not much in the secondary).
Dallas Clark v. CHI
Clark will be the beneficiary of Harrisonís slow return
from injury and jurisprudence.
Nate Burleson @ BUF
Matt Hasselbeck likes to throw. Matt Hasselbeck throws very well.
Matt Hasselbeck only has one person to throw to, this man. Thus
is the calculus of Nate Burleson.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh @ BAL
Balty doesnít have the horses to go the distance against
the Bengals firepower. Lactic acid accumulation aids the solid
but not flashy T.J. in a good statistical showing.
Roddy White v. DET
Roddy exceeded expectations last season, and it is the Lions,
but there are too many unknowns (coaching, quarterbacking) to
start him this week.
Courtney Taylor @ BUF
If this is your deep sleeper with Engram out, let him sleep a
Darrell Jackson @ OAK
The Team That Al Davis Destroyed will shut down a WR whose sun
has set some years ago.
Derrick Mason v. CIN
Mason is a true ironman along the lines of Joey Galloway but even
he canít throw the ball to himself.
Justin Gage v. JAX
When called upon to throw the ball, Vince Young doesnít do good
things. This has all the marks of a low-scoring, grind-it-out